A discrepancy exists between women and men in educational leadership roles. Presently desired leadership traits, stereotypes of women in leadership and mentoring specific to women in leadership are explored. Current research indicates that desired leadership traits are non-gender specific such as honesty, innovation, creativity, empathy, and collaboration. As well, that today’s effective educational leaders will need to focus on leadership that values practices of Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, participation in Professional Learning Communities, and awareness of Radical Inclusion. Stereotypes of women’s abilities to lead are investigated through a systems thinking lens. By using this lens, changes to the complex problems that have caused the discrepancy between men and women in educational leadership can begin to materialize.
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